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National Philanthropy Day Spotlight: Marylou Turner

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Marylou Turner

Throughout the month of November, the Association of Fundraising Professionals will be highlighting honorees from National Philanthropy Day chapter events around the world, showcasing outstanding donors, volunteers, corporations, foundations and others who are being recognized for their commitment to change and philanthropy.

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Today we’re showcasing Marylou Turner, Spirit of Philanthropy Award winner, honored by the AFP Greater Kansas City Chapter.

Marylou has helped bring musical artistry to Kansas City for nearly 50 years. As a member of the Women's Committee for the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory since 1993, Marylou served as president from 1997-2003 and ever since then as chair of their scholarship committee.

Marylou has served multiple terms as president of the Women's Committee for the UMKC Conservatory, the Symphony League, and the Youth Symphony of Kansas City. She founded, and for 20-plus years has chaired, the Women's Committee's Scholarship Committee, serving as their lead fundraiser and motivating others to follow her lead by establishing 23 named and fully-endowed scholarships for Conservatory students. As chair of Crescendo and the Symphony Ball, she successfully recruited major event sponsorships valued collectively at more than $1.5 million. As a member of the Friends of the Conservatory Board of Directors, Marylou helps lead the efforts of the Nomination Committee, responsible for identifying and recruiting new members to the Board.

Marylou continues to serve her community by mentoring students and scholarship recipients by attending recitals, hosting students and their parents in her home, and regularly checking in with phone calls, emails and hand-written notes.

The AFP Greater Kansas City Chapter will host a virtual National Philanthropy Day celebration on Nov. 12. Learn more about the event and honorees here.


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